Restoration of the Cooley House began with the roof in July of 2008, and continues today. Once restored, the home will be opened to the public as a museum. In addition to showcasing the home, the museum will also present exhibitions and educational programming.
The Cooley House is one of several historic homes, including the Masur Museum of Art and Layton Castle, along South Grand Street. Opened as a museum, it will contribute to the cultural corridor being developed along the Ouachita River from The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, past the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum, and south to the Masur Museum of Art.
Restoration of the roof was carried out under the auspices of the Division of Historic Preservation, Office of Cultural Development, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and the National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior. Restoration of this property, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, has been funded with the assistance of a matching grant-in-aid from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
A three-phase restoration plan has been outlined as follows:
At the end of Phase 1, scholars, architects, and donors can be given access to the building without causing additional damage to the structure. (Click image below to view.)
During this phase restoration of the house can serve as a learning project for area universities. At the end of this phase, the home will be opened to the public as a museum.
The museum will operate as a partnership between The Cooley House Foundation and the City of Monroe. The City of Monroe owns the property and will provide on-going maintenance and staff for the museum. The museum will operate as part of the city’s Department of Community Affairs. The Cooley House Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is raising funds for the restoration of the home and gardens and will provide on-going support for exhibitions and educational programs.
Even though the museum will not open to the general public until after Phase 2 of the restoration has been completed, educational opportunities are currently being scheduled. To receive information on these events, please subscribe to our newsletter.
To become a volunteer at the Cooley House, please contact Evelyn Stewart, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (318) 329-2237.